Your doctor may also recommend surgery to remove plaque buildup in the carotid arteries. A procedure called carotid artery stenting (CAS) is another option for some people who have blocked carotid arteries. For more information on surgery to prevent a stroke, see Surgery. For more information on CAS, see Other Treatment.
For more information on preventing a stroke, see Prevention.
rehabilitation (rehab) program as soon as possible after a
stroke increases your chances of recovering some of the abilities you
It is not
possible to predict precisely how much physical ability you will regain. The
more ability you retain immediately after a stroke, the more independent you
are likely to be when you are discharged from the hospital. After a
- People usually show the greatest progress in
being able to walk during the first 6 weeks. Most recovery occurs within the
first 3 months. But you may continue to improve slowly over the next few
- Speech, balance, and skills needed for day-to-day living
return more slowly and may continue to improve for up to a
- About half of the people who suffer a stroke have problems
with coordination, communication, judgment, or behavior that affect their work
and personal relationships.
rehab will be based on the physical abilities that were lost, your
general health before the stroke, and your ability to participate.
Rehab begins with helping you resume activities of daily living, such
as eating, bathing, and dressing. For more information, see the topic
What To Think About
After a person has had a stroke, family members can learn
ways to provide support and encouragement to their
If you get
worse, your loved one may need to move you to a care facility
that can meet your needs, especially if your caregiver has his or her own
health problems that make it difficult to properly care for you. It is common
for caregivers to neglect their own health when they are caring for a loved one
who has had a stroke. If your caregiver's health declines, the risk of injury
to you and your caregiver may increase. For more information, see:
Stroke: Should I Move My Loved One Into Long-Term Care?